Very Slow Cooked Lamb Breast with Onions, Anchovies and Potatoes

23 Sep

Big Man and I are addicted to Car Boot Sales. They are (I think) a curiously English phenomenon, like caravanning and Morris dancing. Neither of which are our thing, but each to his own I say.

Basically it’s a good chance for a clear out of all your old rubbish/unwanted gifts/unwise purchases and fashion horrors. You then load these into your car, rock up to a local leisure centre or field (weather depending and also it helps to have the farmer’s permission and the participation of other car booters or you might get whisked away by the local police for fly tipping or bonkers behaviour) and sell your stuff out of the car boot. If, like me, you love to recycle and reuse and you think someone else’s unwanted stuff could possibly be your treasure and live in hope of coming across a Lalique Vase or Fabergé Egg for pennies which you will then sell for an enormous fortune, then car booting is for you. If the thought of rummaging through someone else’s rubbish turns your stomach….perhaps not.

Recently I bought the world’s most enormous slow cooker for a few pounds at a Car Boot Sale. Result! I’ve wanted one for ages but as nouvelle cuisine sized portions are not my thing (I’m more an Army Catering sort of Chica) I’ve struggled to find one that will let me cook up a good sized pot of food with plenty for dinner then leftovers.

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My first experiment was a chick pea dish, even though it was a hot, hot day. Delicious, the chick peas were melt in your mouth tender, although it was more a dish for a cold winter’s night.

Flushed with the success of my chick peas I thought I’d try cooking a piece of meat and a rolled lamb breast in the freezer beckoned to me. To be honest, it wasn’t that huge, but made plenty for two good meals for both of us.

Probably not the most photogenic meal in the world, but so tasty, the anchovies melt and just give a depth of flavour to the vegetables (not fishy at all) and can be easily cooked in a regular oven on low/medium for about 3-4 hours.

Ingredients (to serve 4)

  • 1 boned rolled lamb breast (about 800g)
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 medium onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced (I used both red and white)
  • 1 head of garlic, the cloves separated but not peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 tin of anchovies in oil
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A glass of white wine

Mix all the ingredients (except the lamb, salt & pepper and wine), together and put into the bottom of the slow cooker or a deep ovenproof dish. Place the lamb on top, season well and pour the wine over. Cover with a lid and cook in the slow cooker for about 10 hours on low or in the oven (as explained above).

When cooked, slice the meat and serve over the potatoes which will be cooked but still holding their shape, and the onions which will be melted and tender. Pour over the juices and congratulate yourself on how fabulous you are at making something so tasty with so little effort. Or is it just me that does that?!


55 Responses to “Very Slow Cooked Lamb Breast with Onions, Anchovies and Potatoes”

  1. Ginger September 23, 2014 at 23:39 #

    This looks delicious! I am in the process of discovering slow cooking, so I’ll file this one for future reference 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 09:04 #

      It’s all new to me (well.. apart from using the oven on low) and am enjoying experimenting!

  2. Mad Dog September 23, 2014 at 23:42 #

    Brilliant post! I had one of those minute slow cookers in the 80s. I really struggled to find anything small enough to cook in it, so I probably only used it once. I wouldn’t mind having a large one, but perhaps a cast iron casserole is the next best thing. Your lamb sounds delicious, especially with the anchovy seasoning 😉

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 09:05 #

      It really is mammoth – which suits us! It was a timely buy as the new house currently doesn’t have a cooker so am relying on an electric camping hob, the bbq and my slow cooker!

      • Mad Dog September 24, 2014 at 13:25 #

        That definitely sounds like the slow cooker for me. I like the idea of you current cooking tools – it sounds like an adventure 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:35 #

        It is indeed a bit of an adventure – especially as I also only have two sockets to plug the various thingies into plus it was either the washing machine or the dishwasher to be plumbed in….I chose washing machine but am getting fed up of washing plates in the smallest sink in the world. May have to buy plastic plates and glasses!

      • Mad Dog September 24, 2014 at 22:49 #

        I’ve got no problem with washing up. I had a dishwasher years ago, in America, but only used it twice, at Thanksgiving and Christmas! However, a small sink would be an absolute nightmare!
        I seem to remember that Quentin Crisp never washed or dusted. His philosophy was to move things around to keep them dustless (or not move them at all so as not to show the dust) and he smelled the plates before going food shopping, to see what would compliment his last meal. Disgusting I know, but it does have a certain logic to it 😉

      • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:56 #

        Wasn’t it him who said something along the lines of only sweeping the room with a glance?!

      • Mad Dog September 24, 2014 at 23:01 #

        It definitely sounds like him 😉

  3. Soup Guru September 24, 2014 at 00:05 #

    Welcome back! You’ve been missed around here. OMG! I absutely love to find treasures among other’s unwanted stuff, there’s a sort of charm on it. On the other hand I do a regular purge of my own and could use one of those sales, what a shame we don’t have them here in Spain! About the crock pot, I confess I have slow cooker envy right now, hahaha, that looks so yummy!! Looking forward to your recipes on it (I’ve been considering one for ages) 😄

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 09:06 #

      It’s good to be back J Car Boot Sales are a great way of clearing out but I often come home with as much new stuff as old stuff I took to sell!

  4. DianeT September 24, 2014 at 00:08 #

    Some where in my cupboards is a slow cooker. I haven’t had it out for years, but you have really tempted me to get it out and use it, Tanya. I always seem to toughen a lamb breast no matter what I do, so the slow cooker is worth a try.

    Re: Car boot sales. A very New Zealand pastime as well.
    We have one at a local church once a month. There could be up to 1 hundred cars on a busy Saturday and only small donation to participate.

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 09:07 #

      Ooh – I’ll have to make the trip so that I can visit your local car boot sale 😉

  5. cathyandchucky September 24, 2014 at 02:29 #

    Yummo! That looks divine! It’s only 8.30 in the morning here in southern Western Australia and I want that for my breaks 😍

  6. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial September 24, 2014 at 04:06 #

    I can’t be trusted at sales like that. I once worked at an industrial recycling centre for a year and Pete made me quit – he said we couldn’t afford the renovations needed to store all the stuff I was bringing home. I’ve never cooked lambs breast, but after I saw the title of your post, I spotted them at the butchers and nearly bought them – just as well I didn’t as they weren’t rolled, just cut into bony bits. Your recipe looks absolutely wonderful! xx

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 09:08 #

      I like to think of it as recycling – we’re doing our bit to save the world from over full land fill sites 😉 Bony lamb ribs would probably make a finger licking dish of some sort!

  7. Margot @ Gather and Graze September 24, 2014 at 08:54 #

    Oh yum! What’s not to love about slow cooked lamb with potatoes and onions! A wonderful dish Tanya.

  8. Danny & Sue September 24, 2014 at 09:37 #

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, wonderful, we would not be without our slow cooker. Must try your recipe. XXX

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 10:56 #

      Oh yes, I remember all the wonderful things you used to cook!

  9. Lynn September 24, 2014 at 10:55 #

    I may put the ingredients together and zoom over to Dad’s and throw in his slow cooker! I am sure we would both enjoy it.

  10. Linda Duffin September 24, 2014 at 14:40 #

    Mmm, that sounds delicious. Finally a use for those lamb breasts lurking in the freezer! Thanks.

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:36 #

      I think things that lurk in freezers always force us to be inventive!

  11. Karen September 24, 2014 at 15:30 #

    I’m glad you have joined those of us that love a big slow cooker and to think you got a bargain as well. 😀 You lamb and potatoes sounds great.

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:36 #

      I am loving my slow cooker – I even baked potatoes in it the other day!

  12. A Famished Foodie September 24, 2014 at 17:51 #

    Mmm, I love chickpeas and ate them all the time in Oviedo, but this slow cooked lamb looks even better! Love that you incorporated anchovies too, I think they’re totally underused in kitchens today.

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:48 #

      Anchovies are so expensive outside of Spain – we love them so when we travel to England we buy loads for us and for friends and family who enjoy them too!

  13. restlessjo September 24, 2014 at 20:22 #

    I think I got lost in all the comings/goings/internet loss 😦 Still in Spain but back in UK again soon? I’m hopeless at cooking lamb (or duck). Can you guarantee me that this will work or should I stick to chick peas? (just as long as they don’t stick to me!) 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:52 #

      Back in England for a while – long story but it’s fine, we have plenty to keep us busy here! No guarantees but I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with this one!

  14. narf77 September 24, 2014 at 20:46 #

    I am SO going to start the Tasmanian chapter of the car boot, caravanning , Morris Dancing club. We could drive from boot sale to boot sale lugging our vans so that we could fill them full of lalique and Faberge whilst earning the dosh to buy said car boot bargains by putting on Morris Dancing busking events (most people would pay us to go away but money is money and pride comes before a fall! 😉 ).

    I used to love anchovies in a past life, especially on pizza. I am, as always, a hearty girl of solid breeding stock and anchovies appealed to me on so many differnent planes. Not for me now I am afraid, but love this recipe, the promise of delicious slow cooked food with no worries about stirring and fussing and opening lids and steaming up your glasses (if you have glasses that is…buying glasses, when you don’t need them, specifically to get steamed up when you open pots so that you can complain about it is a bit bonkers!)

    By the way spell checker. You are on notice. When I say “caravanning” I MEAN caravanning NOT “canning”. And when I say “lalique” I MEAN lalique not “applique”… sigh, always critics!

    • narf77 September 24, 2014 at 20:47 #

      (and where were you when I spelled “differnent” incorrectly eh spell checker? Checking your nails to see if they were dry?!) er…technically, I spelled “differnent” correctly, I spelled “different” incorrectly 😉

    • Chica Andaluza September 24, 2014 at 22:55 #

      Have I told you that you are the loveliest vegan on the planet – only you could even bear to read, let alone comment (so brilliantly) on a post that talks about lamb breasts and anchovies J I am off to whittle some sticks so that I can join your morris dancing troupe as I do love the idea of hitting people over the head whilst jingling bells attached to my legs!

      Roll on the car booting, I’d even give caravanning a go (but not for long, I need my creature comforts….we’re talking shower and loo!) and my spell checker didn’t like morris dancing at all!

  15. PendleStitches September 25, 2014 at 00:35 #

    I love doing 7 hour leg of lamb in red wine in my slow cooker. They are a marvel of the modern age! I do like the look of your lamb. Good, honest, straightforward food that tastes wonderful. Yum!

    • Chica Andaluza September 25, 2014 at 10:07 #

      Ooh that sounds marvellous – I think I need to prise the recipe out of you!

      • PendleStitches September 25, 2014 at 10:30 #

        I’ll get it over to you…don’t let me forget! Oh! Or maybe I should cook it and blog it! Then I get to eat it too. And the pilaf I make with the leftovers. Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom!

      • Chica Andaluza September 25, 2014 at 12:36 #

        Sounds like a good idea!

  16. thecompletebook September 25, 2014 at 10:01 #

    Love car boot sales – always able to pick up a bargain. Think I shall put a slow cooker on my wish list – can’t believe I have never owned one. I can just imagine how the anchovies added a magical depth of flavour.
    Have a super day Tanya.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza September 25, 2014 at 10:08 #

      I love the idea of you car booting all those miles away!

  17. TBM September 26, 2014 at 10:03 #

    Looks and sounds yummy. And car boot sales sounds a lot like our yard sales, minus the cars of course. I think it’s wonderful to reuse. I donate my stuff and I buy used stuff. This planet only has so many resources and its a great way to do my part and for a lot less money.

  18. TheDorsetFinca September 27, 2014 at 07:56 #

    I’ve never been brave enough to try a slow cooker… but your dish looks so comforting and delicious that I might be persuaded. Now… where to put it?!

  19. Rachel September 27, 2014 at 17:57 #

    Oh happy, happy… you *know* I love lamb *and* recycling 😉 Perfection! Mmmmmmm…

  20. dedy oktavianus pardede September 27, 2014 at 20:25 #

    oww, i’m a lamb person and i guess this recipe is worth to try!!!
    the pulled lamb breast looks so tender and moist….

  21. Melissa's Menu September 28, 2014 at 12:27 #

    My mouth is watering, this looks so warm and comforting. I love my slow cooker.

  22. milkandbun October 5, 2014 at 19:26 #

    Looks so tasty! Comforting dish!

  23. Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 10, 2014 at 06:04 #

    I know this was delicious! I love the flavour combination 🙂

  24. Maulana Angga February 22, 2015 at 03:52 #

    Hmm yummt, wonderful. I must try your awesone recipe. Thanks for sharing

  25. Suci Purnamasari March 4, 2016 at 04:37 #

    implore for the recipe ? I must be a good cook as a wife 😀

  26. Debby Aripianusari June 4, 2016 at 03:56 #

    implore for the recipe ? I must be a good cook as a boyfriend 😀

  27. Kursus ACLS August 18, 2016 at 10:35 #

    Wow ,it looks yummy .I’ll try this recipe at home.By the way, if I don’t have lamb, is it possible if I cook chicken for your recipe? Thanks for your sharing

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